Montréal is giving you something to celebrate this summer: The city is bursting with a wide range of free cultural activities. In addition to the major festivals, the public space is livened up by circus performances, artists’ workshops, works of art, concerts and various pop-up events.
Original cultural experiences downtown
You can enjoy a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the public space. Music, cinema, literature, dance, digital arts, multidisciplinary arts, visual arts, heritage and architecture, theatre and humour. Pop-up events are breathing new life into the streets and squares, to the public’s delight.
These activities are offered in the central districts of Montréal.
Lively pedestrian streets
The pedestrian streets are brimming with special installations and unexpected cultural activities. Solo, or with family or friends, you will surely enjoy these streets full of surprises, choice destinations in the heart of the city.
Temporary art galleries
As you walk through the city, keep an eye out for artists’ studios set up in vacant storefronts, a first in Montréal! These 30 temporary creation and exhibition spaces for emerging artists, including people from diverse backgrounds, are opened to the public. It’s your opportunity to meet artists in person and discover the richness of the visual arts scene in Montréal. In addition to these temporary galleries, 10 glass cubes installed on Rue Sainte-Catherine showcase contemporary artworks.
Beyond downtown, other installations and digital artworks created by Montréal artists also add beauty to public spaces.
New colours along the Corridor culturel Ottawa in Le Sud-Ouest
Check out the new works of art by MR-63 Montréal on Rue Ottawa in Griffintown.
A sculpture by Alexis Vaillancourt and Le Bonar, which was created using recycled construction materials, has been integrated into the gate and sidewalks on the future Parc des Eaux-Cachées site. A 140 m² ground mural by Thaïla Khampo is located at the intersection of Rue William, Rue Guy and Rue Ottawa. All along the corridor, which links Griffintown and Old Montréal, artistic ground signage with QR codes (coming soon) will direct passersby to a Web site with information about the corridor and the art installations on site.
Circus in the spotlight
Starting at the end of July, for six weeks, Tohu will stage circus performances in Vieux-Montréal featuring three of the most famous companies. Discover original and spectacular shows by Les 7 doigts, Cirque Éloize and Cirque Alfonse.
Theatre, music and much more in the neighbourhoods
Théâtre La Roulotte returns to the parks with Le rêve de Monsieur Paul - L’autre histoire de la Roulotte… enfin révélée. This theatrical tale for all ages is written and directed by Philippe Robert. You can download the podcast version on Soundcloud and Spotify. Just search for “Théâtre La Roulotte.”
Campbell Concerts are back, to get your summer in full swing. Watch for the marching bands making their way through the city streets .
The program will feature artists from a wide spectrum of musical styles: Vox Sambou, Boogat, Shauit, Wesli, Ze radcliff fanfare and more.
In each neighbourhood, the cultural centres are staging outdoor artistic performances. Spice up your days and evenings with magic and circus shows and documentary movies.
In Rosemont, families are invited to participate in the Les mamizelles treasure hunt using their cell phones. QR codes are hidden in boxes at specific locations. These codes give you access to videos that will give you through your adventure.
Reading in the parks for kids
The parks are hosting book-related activities brought to you by the Livres dans la rue (in French) program and the mobile libraries in different boroughs. Kids can listen to tales and stories, make discoveries and cultivate a passion for reading. Don’t miss the TD book club in libraries, which features reading challenges and games.
In a park or green space near your libraries, you can enjoy a two-hour workshop to learn more about using smartphones and tablets. You’ll learn about the basic features of your device, how to use the camera and find out more about your photo gallery, your device settings and security issues with public Wi-Fi networks. Montréal’s municipal libraries and AlphaNumérique (in French) are the co-organizers of the activity.
To register, just complete the form.
In compliance with health directives to avoid gatherings, places and times for outdoor events will not be announced in advance except for events with limited capacity.